Wikipedia talk:Selected anniversaries/March 28

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Ian Smith

Ian Smith served in the British Royal Air Force during the Second World War. The future Rhodesian Prime Minister was posted to No. 237 (Rhodesia) Squadron, then stationed in the Middle East, in late 1942. He flew in the Western Desert in 1943 until a crash during a night takeoff resulted in facial disfigurements and a broken jaw. Following reconstructive plastic surgery to his face, other operations, and five months' convalescence, he rejoined No. 237 Squadron. In June 1944, when his plane was shot down by flak in northern Italy, he parachuted into the Ligurian Alps, behind German lines. He spent three months working with the local resistance movement before trekking westwards across the Maritime Alps to join up with the Allied forces that had just invaded southern France. He continued to fly combat missions until Germany surrendered. In 1965, Rhodesia's long history of military support for the mother country was one of the factors that led to the Smith administration's Unilateral Declaration of Independence. (Full article...)

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The Submission of Prince Dipo Negoro to General De Kock

The Submission of Prince Dipo Negoro to General De Kock is an oil painting on canvas painted by Nicolaas Pieneman between 1830 and 1835. It depicts General Hendrik Merkus de Kock's capture of Prince Diponegoro in 1830, which signaled the end of the Java War (1825–1830). The painting, commissioned by De Kock, shows Diponegoro abandoning his followers and submitting peacefully, in what the art historian Werner Krauss describes as recognition that "de Kock's stern action is for the best of the Javanese".

Painting: Nicolaas Pieneman
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Image:Terualsiege.jpg is a "scene during the Siege of Teruel, Spain, April 1 1938". It really has no business being on a March 28 selected anniversary. Not only is the date inaccurate, but the March 28 event took place in Madrid, not Teruel. It is wrong to show images that are "close enough" but not fully accurate. So I am removing Image:Terualsiege.jpg completely from the metapage. Use it for April 1.

Also, I am replacing it with the 3-mile island image. Kingturtle 09:58, 28 Mar 2004 (UTC)

Semicolon

Page is protected, but the first line needs a semicolon, between the Earth Hour and the Teachers' Day factoids. —johndburger 00:28, 28 March 2009 (UTC)

2012 notes

howcheng {chat} 16:20, 27 March 2012 (UTC)

2013 notes

howcheng {chat} 05:28, 27 March 2013 (UTC)

2014 notes

howcheng {chat} 08:41, 27 March 2014 (UTC)

2015 notes

howcheng {chat} 10:10, 26 March 2015 (UTC)

2016 notes

howcheng {chat} 17:30, 26 March 2016 (UTC)

2017 notes

howcheng {chat} 07:56, 28 March 2017 (UTC)

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